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My Vision on Leadership
My Vision is to achieve the position of a transformational leader in a world class organization and create a culture where ideas and innovations are valued. The qualities of a transformational leader have always inspired me to be an individual with strong determination and focus. Autobiographies of eminent scholars like Steve Jobs and Thomas J Watson have helped me to understand the attributes that define transformational leaders. These leaders have inspired their followers to be morale and to take great ownership for their work. Moreover, they have the charismatic influence over their followers to achieve an organizations objective within a time period.
“The way to succeed is to double your failure rate”. Thomas J Watson – Innovator & IBM Founder believed the more your fail, the more likely you are to succeed.
One such personality whom I have admired the most is Thomas J Watson, the founder of IBM Technologies. He was a pioneer in the development of accounting and computing equipment used today by government and industry. He started his career at the age of 18 as a book keeper in Clarence Risley’s Market in NewYork. Before joining the National Cash Register (NCR) Company as a salesman, he used to sell sewing machines and musical instruments. With a never give up attitude and commitment, he eventually worked his way out to be a general sales manager. Mr. Watson had introduced the motto “THINK” to inspire the dispirited NCR sales force, which later became a symbol of IBM. While addressing the biennial conference in Berlin, Mr. Watson had stated the conference keynote to be “World Peace through World Trade” which later became the slogan of IBM. He worked closely with the International Chamber and was elected as its president in 1937. Mr. Watson holds honorary degrees from 27 colleges and universities in the United States and four abroad (IBM, 2014).
In today’s competitive environment, individuals’ passion and purpose towards work must be greater than their challenges. In order to lead as a successful leader, an individual should have the willingness to work harder, learn more, acquire more knowledge, lead better, practice longer and love deeper, and this requires passion (JonGordon, 2014). A research conducted by Ken Blanchard Companies had revealed that Strategic Leadership indirectly influence Customer Devotion and Employee Work Passion by enforcing procedures, policies, visions and values. Also it was found that Employee Work Passion was a key factor in creating Customer Devotion and Organisational Vitality. Further, the research surfaced eight key factors responsible for driving Employee Work Passion and these includes Fairness, Recognition, Autonomy, Meaningful Work, Growth, Connectedness to colleagues and Connectedness to Leaders (KenBlanchard, 2011).
Adair’s Model of Leaders ship explains how a leader can lead the lives of many through a three circle approach. Adair found that effective leaders focus on three areas of need for members of the team. Task needs include setting of organizational goals and objectives and management process. Team needs include eliminating the differences and similarities between the team members through support, effective interaction, shared work and communication. Individual needs vary from person to person based on their emotions and feeling. However, it is a good approach for the leaders to understand the nature and complexity of human relations (ManageTrainLearn, 2011).
The module “Leading in a Changing World” has inspired me to explore the leadership qualities within me and has taught me on how to exploit these qualities effectively in the practical world. The knowledge casts and group activities have moulded my interpersonal skills, enhanced my knowledge on different aspects of leadership and changed my outlook about leadership responsibilities at a work place. I believe the training sessions and workshops conducted by the staffs has created an awareness about my strengths and weaknesses, the qualities I need to acquire to lead a team in future and the areas I need to improve to implement a leadership act in an organization. The organizational environment created by my staffs has helped to measure my managerial capabilities in terms of morale and passion towards work. Moreover, it is a platform to improve my individual effectiveness, Communication, Social Networking, Time Management, Accuracy and Productivity.
Thus, in accordance to the feedback I received from my peers and team leader, I represent the characteristics of a transformational leader, since I have the ability to connect with people, to critically evaluate a problem and to convey a clear vision. My colleagues and staffs portray me as an individual who posses Innovation, Creativity, Confident, Never give up attitude and Excellent communication and presentation skills. However, the above explained characteristics will help me to perform an activity within a group but will not help me to lead a group. In future, I would like to posses the traits of a situational leader so as to enforce an effective leadership within a group activity. With the combination of these two leadership qualities I will create a collaborative work force initially by defining a sense of direction for each staff, promoting communication skills through interactive sessions, encouraging and acknowledging staff’s needs and requirements and assigning tasks according to their potentiality. As a result of this formation, I expect to improve the relationship between a leader and a subordinate by eliminating the differences between them and respecting each other’s values and ideas.
 IBM. (2014) Thomas J. Watson; [online] available from <http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/chairmen/chairmen_3.html>; [Accessed: 09 May 2014]
 JonGordon. (2014) Definition of diverse teams; [online] available from <http://www.jongordon.com/blog/passion-at-work/ > [Accessed: 09 May 2014]
 KenBlanchard. (2011) Employee Work Passion; [online] available from < http://www.kenblanchard.com/img/pub/Blanchard_Employee_Passion_Vol_3.pdf > p.26 [Accessed: 09 May 2014]
 ManageTrainLearn. (2011) Models of Management: Adair’s Three Circles ; [online] available from <http://www.managetrainlearn.com/page/adairs-three-circles > [Accessed: 12 May 2014]